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The 2023 State of Returns

The 2023 State of Returns

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Many small business owners see returns as a cost center. Krish Iyer from Auctane discusses how to turn returns into a major gain in customer retention.

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    February 23, 2024

    In preparation for President Biden’s visit to New York City, postal officials will temporarily seal or remove collection boxes on Saturday, February 24, citing safety and security concerns.

    The familiar blue boxes will be inaccessible until reopened on Tuesday, February 27, and customers should seek alternative options to send mail and small packages.

    To see a list of all impacted collection boxes, click on the “Read More” button.

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  • Walmart Marketplace Announces Increase in Return Shipping Costs Starting in March
    February 23, 2024

    Starting next month (March), Walmart Marketplace will increase return shipping rates. To address this change, Walmart is highlighting the Keep It Rule to sellers. This rule allows customers to keep items they wish to return while still receiving a refund. By implementing this rule, sellers can mitigate some costs, particularly on lower-priced items, while ensuring excellent customer experiences.

    Additionally, sellers using Walmart Fulfillment Services (WFS) will benefit from enhanced visibility into customer returns through the updated Returned to Seller Report. This report consolidates key details in one convenient location.

    In March, Walmart will host two webinars. The first, scheduled for March 6, will cover new launches, solution updates, and valuable insights. The second, on March 26, will provide a detailed exploration of the enhanced bulk operations tool.

    Lastly, Walmart is reminding sellers about the EnergyGuide label requirements for big-screen TVs.

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  • Royal Mail Extends Teams Up With PayPoint for Wider Parcel Drop-Off Network
    February 22, 2024


    Royal Mail has teamed up with PayPoint to expand access to its Collect+ network, offering customers thousands of local stores across the UK for parcel services. The partnership aims to enhance convenience for senders and receivers, aligning with Royal Mail’s strategy to provide more options.

    Starting from March, the multi-year agreement will progressively extend to 5,000 Collect+ points by summer, catering to the rising demand for hassle-free parcel drop-offs. With around 50% of non-account sales now online, this move adds to Royal Mail’s array of drop-off locations, including Post Offices, Customer Service Points, and 24/7 parcel postboxes.

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    February 21, 2024

    Intuit introduces QuickBooks Solopreneur, a tailored product catering to one-person businesses, offering easy-to-use features for financial management, goal tracking, and tax readiness. The surge in solopreneurship is evident, with nearly a quarter of U.S. consumers planning to start new ventures in 2024, reflecting a growing trend towards entrepreneurship for wealth creation.

    With QuickBooks Solopreneur, users can seamlessly manage their finances, leverage insights for informed decision-making, and prepare for tax time, catering to the needs of both aspiring and established solopreneurs. The product builds on Intuit’s expertise in serving self-employed individuals, providing enhanced flexibility and productivity tools to support the financial goals of solo ventures.

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  • DHL eCommerce Opens New Distribution Center in Virginia
    February 21, 2024

    DHL eCommerce has shifted its distribution center from Elkridge, MD, to a larger 138,500 square-foot facility in Manassas, VA, aiming to bolster its B2C domestic volume processing capabilities. With 130 employees, the new center, situated at 11400 University Blvd., boasts 41 dock doors and eco-friendly features like EV charging stations and electric HVAC systems.

    CEO Lee Spratt views this move as pivotal for DHL eCommerce’s growth strategy, aligning with the company’s expansion plans across the U.S., which saw relocations and new center openings in several key cities in 2023.

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  • Etsy Reports Q4 and Full Year 2023 Financials – Active Buyers Reached Record 92 Million
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    Etsy announced its financial results for Q4 and full year 2023, reporting over $13 billion in consolidated Gross Merchandise Sales (GMS) and its highest-ever annual revenue. CEO Josh Silverman revealed plans to invest in growth initiatives for 2024, including making Etsy a go-to destination for gifting, highlighted by the recent launch of Gift Mode.

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    February 21, 2024

    eBay has expanded its consignment service for luxury handbags, now accepting additional brands like Miu Miu, Lanvin, Jil Sander, and Marni. With over 30 brands already included, sellers can now streamline the process of selling their high-end items with ease.

    The service handles everything from research to listing, offering competitive commission rates and insured shipping labels for peace of mind. Turn your closet into cash effortlessly with eBay consignment.

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    February 21, 2024

    Etsy has revealed plans to implement enhanced safety measures in 2024, focusing on the onboarding process for new shops. These changes include the introduction of an enhanced identity check, a shop set-up fee, and potential adjustments to payment schedules for new shops. While existing shops will remain unaffected, new ones will undergo these updates to ensure a safer marketplace environment.

    These modifications align with Etsy’s dedication to maintaining a secure platform for sellers and buyers alike, complementing recent initiatives such as the introduction of a “From Etsy” section in Messages and reinforced enforcement of their Handmade Policy.

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    February 21, 2024

    The RealReal has announced the appointment of Ajay Gopal as its new Chief Financial Officer, effective March 18, 2024. Gopal brings extensive experience from tech-enabled consumer companies like StubHub and Good Eggs.

    Concurrently, the company has named Karen Katz, a seasoned leader with a background in luxury retail and former CEO of Neiman Marcus Group, as Chairperson of its Board of Directors, effective February 20, 2024.

    These strategic appointments highlight The RealReal’s commitment to driving profitable growth and leveraging industry expertise to enhance its leadership team.

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  • eBay Releases 2024 Winter Update – Including Hiking Per-Order Fee
    February 21, 2024

    eBay announces a suite of new features aimed at empowering sellers to reach more buyers, streamline their operations, and enhance business protection this winter. Among the updates are improved tools for business growth, including “Sell it faster” recommendations and easier access to sale events.

    Additionally, sellers can now enjoy increased efficiency with drafts of listings saved for up to 75 days, while stronger protections against unpaid items and enhanced security for multi-user accounts have been implemented. However, eBay also adjusts the per-order fee for orders over $10.00, citing rising costs in the market.

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